Thanks to-Christina Rice with LuxeLife Media-I was given the opportunity to attend and meet with Bravo TV's Chef Roble at his last visit to Chicago. Hosting at Sawtooth Restaurant in the West Loop he was able to chat at length on his latest successful enterprise-Everyday People Brunch presented by SKYY Vodka's House of Moscato-and this is what he had to say:
So what do you think of Chicago thus far?
I know this city well…I love Chicago! It's my favorite American city outside of my home New York City. I've been all over this country-to basically every major city in America-like the top 8-and of them all I love Chicago best. Like Frank Sinatra says…it's my kind of town.
What brings you here this particular time?
Well, I do a brunch event in New York that's wildly successful called Everyday People and we partnered with SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape to take the show on the road. And Chicago is our first stop. There was a line around the corner starting at 10:30am and the event didn't even set to start until 12-so we're winning!
And by the way-where are all the guys…? It's all women here! The guys are sleeping…they should be here. There's guys all on the street looking for women and they're all here! They all must be watching the Cubs right now.
How did you come up with the title Everyday People…what was the motivation to call it this?
Let me introduce to my partner on this event Saada Ahmed. She can better explain how we named it Everyday People.(Saada) When I first came up with the brunch idea I was watching old music videos and you know what song…IIIII I'm everyday people…with Arrested Development-and I thought about the type of people I wanted at our brunch. Initially, when I started thinking about a party…a day brunch…in New York they have champagne brunches usually with investment bankers and that specific demographic.
So I wanted our brunch to be all types of people just having a good time and that song came to mind-it had such great energy. That's what I wanted to bring to this brunch.
When did this concept actually start?
(Saada) It started last year…around April/May of last year. We were monthly and it got so popular in the space we were in we had to move to a bigger venue.
How did Chicago get on the map for you all and could it be something you do here regularly?
(Saada) We've done D.C. before. We'll probably do Toronto, LA…we're going to do different locations-we'd like to make it global. It's my first time here in Chicago and I really like it!
(Roble) And I love her for all of this…plus she's like my little sister. I'm half Somalian and African-American and she's half Somalian and Ethiopian. She's like the perfect mix. And…she's from Atlanta…and Arrested Development is from Atlanta-so it's perfect how we came together.
The Everyday People Brunch Chicago was by far one of the best parties in Chicago this summer. The awesome combination of great food, drinks and dancing-along with such beautiful people-made a combination to experience and remembered for sometime. Let's look forward to the next one and wish continues success to Roble, his partners-Saada, DJ Momo and SKYY Vodka Moscato Grape!